Hi, Kenneth Here…
I’ve been asked a lot lately about how to get roughneck jobs, or jobs on oil rigs in general. So I thought it would be a good idea to write a short post about it her on roughneck jobs!
Really, the best way to get a roughneck job, is simply to send out your resumes to a lot of oil rigs. I know this is a tedious task, but you can always use a service like Rigworker to do the job for you!
You need to send out a lot of resumes, at least 250-500 before you can expect a reply. But I guess it’s like that all over. But the good thing is, in the oil business you’re almost guaranteed a job.
The last I heard, was that the oil companies are going to spend $400 billion on oil finding in 2009. Now that’s a lot of money…
Before you’re going to send out your resume for a roughneck job, take some time and thing about where you want to work and if you have any special abilities that would be worth mentioning.
Just so you know, this is what’s expected of a roughneck:
- Assisting in taking up and taking down equipment
- Cleaning up drill area
- Manipulating pipes and drill stem during drilling
- Driving trucks and transporting materials
As a roughneck you can expect a pay at around $59.000.
On a drilling platform you work for 7 days a week, somewhere between 12-14 hours a day. At some rigs you can stay for up to 3 months in a row, at others you only work 14 days in a row.
Before I round up, I just wanted to introduce you to some of the different drilling platforms/ships.
First we have the platform, which is stationary. This is my favorite working place.
Then we have the semi submersible, which basically is a big ship used to seeking and drilling for oil. There’s also the jack up, a mobile platform that is able to stand on the sea floor with its legs and of course, the drill ship there can drill in depths of more than 2500 meters (8200 ft.).
To conclude, it’s very easy to find roughneck jobs in the drilling business and as long as you send out a bunch of resumes you are almost guaranteed one.
Go write it and send it to as many oil companies as you can find, if you want to be on the safe side, give them a call and ask for the right email address. Once again, I want to point out that rigworker will do all of this for you, for a small fee, and they have over 1200 companies in their list.
The oil business isn’t really touched by the economic crisis and there are roughneck jobs available all the time.
If you want a piece of the pie, I suggest you get moving and write that resume!
See you on the rigs,